As you can see, your Virginia Driving Record should be treated with
a great deal of respect. It is used to determine insurance
premiums, job-worthiness and more, and it is a definitive indication of
the type of driver you are.
Your Virginia Driving Record should be guarded. As noted earlier,
it contains personal information and is meant for the eyes of
authorized individuals only.
Do your best to maintain and/or improve your Virginia Driving Record by
avoiding traffic violations and attending Virginia Defensive Driving or
Traffic School. The accumulation of safe-driver points will help
you in many ways, and the avoidance of demerits will benefit you
When should You Request a Copy of your Driving Record?
There are several reasons an individual might need a copy of their
Virginia Driving Record. If you are applying for a job, such as a
Driving Instructor position, and a clean driving record is pertinent to
your application approval, you will need quick access to a copy of your
Virginia Driving Record. Perhaps you’d like to fight a ticket and
a copy of your Virginia Driving Record will reveal an accumulation of
safe driving, in which case you would also need quick access to your
driving record. Read
What Information is Contained in your Driving Record?
The Virginia DMV keeps track of both positive and negative marks you
acquire behind the wheel of a car. Positive marks, called
safe-driving points, are accumulated at the rate of 1-per-year for
every year that a driver remains accident and violation free.
Safe-driving points can also be accumulated at the rate of 5 per
voluntary completion of a Virginia Defensive Driving course. On
the other hand, your Virginia Driving Record might reveal
demerits. Demerits are accumulated when you commit a traffic
offense. The amount of demerits you receive for a Virginia
traffic offense will vary, depending of the severity of the
offense. Demerits are an indication that you have been convicted
of a Virginia traffic offense. Read
Where to Get Your Virginia State Driving Record
There are 3 types of Virginia Driving Record you can request.
An 11 year driving will be issued if you do not specify a reason for
obtaining a copy. A 7-year driving history is usually requested
for employers, and a 5 year history is requested for insurance
How is Your Driving Record Used?
Safe-driving points can be used to offset demerits received from a
traffic violation, can prove your status as a safe driver, and are an
indication to insurance companies that you are a low-risk driver, which
might result in lower insurance premiums. Demerits, conversely,
have a negative impact on your status as a driver. Read more...
How Defensive Driving affects your Driving Record
If you voluntarily attend Virginia Defensive Driving/Traffic School,
the State of Virginia recognizes your efforts to become a more aware,
more safety-conscious driver and will award you up to 5 points for
successful completion. Demerits can be offset by your attendance
and accumulation of safe-driving points. Read
Insurance Rates and Driving Records
As mentioned earlier, safe drivers reap financial benefits!
Insurance companies might reward you with lower premiums if successful
completion of a Virginia Defensive Driving/Traffic School is reflected
on your Virginia Driving Record. Read more...
How much does it Cost to get a Copy of my Driving Record?
A fee of $8.00 per Virginia Driving Record plus $5.00 if your
request is for a certified copy is due at the time of the
request. You can order your Virginia Driving Record online, by
mail or in person at any Virginia DMV. If an employee or insurance
company is obtaining a copy of your Virginia Driving Record on your
behalf, it is likely that the fee will not be passed along to you. Read